Third Sunday of Advent

December 15, 2019

The third Sunday in Advent often has a focus on Joy.  Because it is closest to the longest night (December 21) of the year, and the start of the Great Antiphons (December 17), there are many opportunities for worship this week.  For additional creative resources, visit  Advent Unwrapped.

Worship Ideas
PDF icon Advent Candlelighting Liturgies: Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
Advent Unwrapped liturgies, based on the names for Jesus, to accompany lighting the Advent candles.
File Advent Communion Liturgy
All who seek to be nourished and sustained are welcome here.
File Gathering Lectionary for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, December 1, 2019–February 3, 2020
Includes suggested readings, hymns, worship spark, children's time idea, sermon starter, etc.....
File Hanging the Greens
An Advent Unwrapped service to prepare church buildings and sanctuaries to be symbols of preparing ourselves for the birth and rebirth of Jesus.
File Hidden in Plain Sight: White Gift Sunday
An opportunity for people of all ages to contribute.
PDF icon In the Rich Dark of Winter: An Advent Communion Service
Using expansive scriptural imagery, the theme of this Advent Unwrapped service is anticipating God’s fulfilled promise of the renewal of all things.
File Loss, Healing, and Hope: A "Blue Christmas" Service
Gather in honesty about grief, hear the consolation of God’s presence and love, and depart with the joy that comes from memory and a sense of shared peace.
File Worship Ways (United Church of Christ)
The United Church of Christ, our partner denomination in the United States, posts weekly worship services; search by liturgical season.
Prayers
PDF icon Activity Sheet: Names for Jesus
An Advent Unwrapped activity for people looking for new ways to pray.
PDF icon Body Prayers
An Advent Unwrapped “action prayer” for each week of the Advent/Christmas season.
PDF icon Family Prayers and Blessings
An Advent Unwrapped resource of traditional prayers and creative blessings.

An Advent prayer

An Advent prayer.

A prayer calling us to meet the Christ-child and change the world this Advent season, by Moderator Richard Bott.

PDF icon Watching and Waiting: A Daily Vigil Based on the O Antiphons
Follow the ancient tradition of praying the “O Antiphons,” familiar from the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” using this Advent Unwrapped resource. You can set aside nightly family prayer time for the last week of Advent or adapt this ritual in another way.
Music
PDF icon Advent Prayer Song (SAB) (Nancy Chegus)
Short SAB piece (a cappella, optional piano) suitable for worship during Advent. Please credit the composer.
PDF icon Alleluia (SATB) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
Short SATB piece (a cappella, optional piano) suitable for worship during Advent or other times during the worship year. Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
PDF icon As the Wind Blows (SA Anthem) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
“As the wind blows, as the seed grows, lifts its harvest to the sun…” Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
PDF icon Candle Burning (SATB Anthem) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
“We each are born with a candle burning. This is the flame that lights the way.” Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
PDF icon Sing Now Gloria (Unison) (Terry Macham)
Unison song suitable for worship during Advent. Lead sheet with melody, lyrics, and chord symbols. Text in English and Latin. Please credit the composer.
File Songs from Many Cultures for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
Hymns in Voices United, More Voices, and Nos Voix unies that offer in many languages and diverse origins.
PDF icon We Light This Candle (SATB) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
A piece for use during candle lighting for the four weeks of Advent. Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
PDF icon When You Go from This Place (SSA / SAT) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)
Short SAA (or SAT) piece with piano accompaniment suitable as a benediction during Advent or other times during the worship year. Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
Minute for Mission
Our gifts for Mission & Service continue to provide core funding to great work being done across Canada and around the world.
Related Material
PDF icon Advent Calendar 2019: Get Ready for Christmas!
Hang this Advent Unwrapped calendar on your fridge and use a magnet to count down the days! Light a candle every Sunday.
PDF icon Advent Intercultural Hymn Festival
These songs with accompanying commentary can be combined with seasonal prayers and scripture readings to create an Advent hymn festival. Please credit Bruce Harding for this resource and the music arrangements.
PDF icon Buy Less Shopping Guide
An Advent Unwrapped shopping guide for all ages for a Buy Less Christmas.
PDF icon Colouring Storybook
Actively explore the story of Christmas using this 16-page Advent Unwrapped colouring book.
File Gathering Magazine | UCRDstore
A United Church worship planning magazine for ministers and lay leaders, music directors, and worship committees.
File Moderator's Advent Message 2018
This Advent, Moderator Richard Bott invites us to reflect and realign our lives with Christ's calling for us...
File Moderator's Advent Message 2018: Transcript
Transcript of Moderator Richard Bott's Advent Message 2018...
File Moderator's Advent Message 2019
In his Advent video message, Moderator Richard Bott reminds us that Advent is a time to pull out some things about your faith that are dear to you and see them in the light of our life here and now.
File Moderator's Advent Message 2019: Transcript
Transcript of Moderator Richard Bott's Advent Message 2019...
PDF icon O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
A one-rehearsal Advent Unwrapped pageant with the message "God is with us! We are not alone."...
PDF icon Story and Activity Cards
Meet the characters of the Christmas story, from Isaiah to the Holy Family, through these Advent Unwrapped cards. Includes activities for all ages.
PDF icon The Good News of Joy to the World
A five-session Advent Unwrapped Bible study on the Gospel of Luke by the Rev. Dr. Peggy Mulambya-Kabonde of The United Church of Zambia.
PDF icon The Good News Story
Four Advent Unwrapped Sunday school session outlines.
Worship Blog
Last Updated: 
September 5, 2019

How are you getting ready for Christ(mas) this year?

If you are celebrating the Advent season as a family—or as an individual or an all-ages group of any kind—Advent Unwrapped offers an alternative to the advertisements, shopping lists, and hype that we are bombarded with at this time of...

Last Updated: 
September 5, 2019

Blackmail. Blackhearted. Black as sin. Washed white as snow. Over time, in our English language, we have become accustomed to equating evil as black, and purity as white. Even the dictionary adds credence to this. One dictionary defines “black” as “without any moral quality or goodness; evil;...

Last Updated: 
September 5, 2019

We have received many comments and questions about whether or not to incorporate the “’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” into Christmas carol services. Thanks to Dana Lynn Seaborn, of seabornsong.com, who offered us a helpful response to start the conversation...